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The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin Launch the 2018-19 Season with Opening Night Concert and Gala, September 13, 2018

August 13, 2018

Program to Feature Special Chamber Performance by

Yannick and Musicians from the Orchestra


Philadelphia Orchestra Award Presented to Joseph Manko


Opening Night Festivities Presented by

the Volunteer Committees of The Philadelphia Orchestra


(Philadelphia, August 14, 2018)—The Philadelphia Orchestra launches its 119th season, the seventh under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with the musical and social event that kick-starts the Philadelphia cultural season. The Opening Night Concert and Gala takes place on Thursday, September 13 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The 2018-19 season begins with a special program of musical masterworks and audience favorites including Strauss’s Don Juan, Rossini’s famous Overture to William Tell, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, plus a special chamber music performance by Yannick and musicians from the Orchestra. This year marks the 32nd season for which The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Volunteer Committees have presented Opening Night festivities. This year also features special pricing for Young Friends interested in kicking off the season in style.


“The Opening Night Concert and Gala will set the tone for an extraordinary season ahead. This will be my first Opening Night with the phenomenal Philadelphia Orchestra, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and those who support us so ardently,” said Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. “We are in for a treat with a program of beloved symphonic music and some special chamber music with Yannick and musicians from the Orchestra. Our heartfelt thanks go to the Volunteer Committees who have worked year-round to prepare for this opening to launch another magnificent year of performances at home, around the country, and around the world.”


The Opening Night Concert and Gala begins with the Benefactors’ Gala Reception at 5:30 PM on the Kimmel Center’s Tier Two Lounge. The concert begins at 7 PM in Verizon Hall and will be performed without intermission. Immediately following the concert, gala attendees will enjoy a black-tie dinner in Commonwealth Plaza, with catering by Garces and “An Evening in Vienna”-themed décor by Penncora Productions, Inc. This year’s gala dinner music will be performed by a string quartet that will serenade guests with Johann Strauss waltzes.


A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2018 Philadelphia Orchestra Award to Joseph Manko. The award pays tribute to the leadership and volunteer service both Joe and his late wife, Lynn, have provided to the Philadelphia Orchestra and Volunteer families. Joe and Lynn have long served as advocates for both the Orchestra’s work on stage in Verizon Hall as well as in the community. Of his relationship with the Orchestra, Joe has said, “An evening with the Orchestra was always a special night for Lynn and me. We loved to work together to share the beautiful music with the community and build new ambassadors for the organization. I know she would be very proud but humbled by this award.” 


Free tickets to the Opening Night Concert will be distributed to a number of the Orchestra’s community partners as part of the Orchestra’s HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes Health, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through Research. Partners include the All-City Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Play On, Philly!, Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth, Musicopia, Philadelphia Sinfonia, the Primavera Fund, Commonwealth Youthchoirs, Philadelphia Boys Choir, Sister Cities Girlchoir, Esperanza Academy Charter School, and the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center.


The musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin have graciously donated their services for this concert. All gala events are organized by The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Volunteer Committees under the direction of Volunteer Committees President Nancy Galloway (as of September 2018). Early support of the Opening Night Concert and Gala was led by Opening Night Co-Chairs Alison Avery Lerman, Lexa Edsall, and Concertmaster David Kim, as well as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Board of Directors and dedicated Volunteers.

Gala tickets are currently on sale, starting at $500.00, and are available by calling 215.893.1956. Concert-only tickets range from $50.00-$95.00 and are available through Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1999 or by visiting www.philorch.org. Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra are invited to attend the Opening Night Concert and Gala for the special price of $175.00. Also, for the first time, Young Friends can purchase a Benefactor Table that seats 10. For more information, visit www.philorch.org/openingnight.


The Volunteer Committees of The Philadelphia Orchestra were formed in 1904, four years after the Orchestra’s first concerts. The Women’s Committee, as it was originally called, was the first permanent organization of its kind in the U.S., and has since come to serve as a model for similar groups in the United States and abroad. The current Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra include Central, Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill Musical Cocktails, Main Line, New Jersey, Rittenhouse Square, and West Philadelphia. Through their endeavors over the past century, thousands of members of the Volunteer Committees have given countless hours and innumerable talents in service to The Philadelphia Orchestra and the people of the greater Philadelphia region.



Opening Night

September 13 at 7:00 PM Concert – Thursday evening – Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor and Piano


Strauss                                   Don Juan

Special surprise chamber music by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and musicians from the Orchestra

Rossini                                   Overture to William Tell

Bernstein                                Overture to Candide


Join us as we kick off The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 119th season in high style.


The Opening Night Concert and Gala for the 2018-19 season promises to be a highlight of the cultural year. Yannick and the Fabulous Philadelphians are planning a special celebratory program that features musical masterworks and audience favorites, including Strauss’s Don Juan, Rossini’s famous Overture to William Tell, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, plus a special surprise chamber music performance by Yannick and musicians from the Orchestra.


Opening Night Co-Chairs Alison Avery Lerman, Lexa Edsall and David Kim, along with Volunteer Association President Volunteer Association President Nancy Galloway (as of September 2018), Board Chairman Richard Worley, and the Opening Night Gala committee look forward to welcoming you to this special evening, featuring great music, high couture and black tie, and delicious food and champagne with Philadelphia’s cultural leaders and arts patrons.


For gala information and tickets, please call 215.893.1956 or visit www.philorch.org/openingnight.


For concert-only tickets, call 215.893.1999 or visit www.philorch.org.



The Philadelphia Orchestra would like to extend sincere gratitude to our 2018 Opening Night Supporters.


Diamond Benefactors
Edith R. Dixon
David W. Haas
Joseph Neubauer and Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer


Platinum Benefactors
Alexandra Victor Edsall and Robert Victor
The Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
The Hon. Constance H. and Dr. Sankey Williams


Gold Benefactors
Ballard Spahr LLP
Jeffry Benoliel and Amy Branch
Mrs. Constance Benoliel-Rock
Judith Broudy and Eli Packman
Richard S. Burns & Company, Inc.
Elaine Woo Camarda

Chimicles & Tikellis
Tobey and Mark Dichter
Dilworth Paxson, LLP

Mr. and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont IV
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Marie Field
Marcy Gringlas and Joel Greenberg
J. Lindon Hickerson
Neal W. Krouse
Malmud-Kravitz Foundation
Mr. John H. McFadden and Ms. Lisa D. Kabnick
Dr. Hilarie and Mr. Mitchell Morgan
Ralph Muller and Elizabeth Johnston
Alan and Louise Reed
Lyn M. Ross
Dianne and Jeffrey Rotwitt
Mark and Robin Rubenstein
The Snider Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Townsend


Principal Benefactors
Franny and Franny Abbott
Peter A. Benoliel and Willo Carey
Charlotte H. Biddle
Sibby Brasler
Stephen and Naomi Breman
Rich and Flo Celender
Sara Cerato and Dennis Adams
Michael and Constance Cone
Sarah Coulson
Nancy and Kenneth Davis
Peter and Lisa DiLullo
Ray Dombroski and Colleen DeMorat
Stacy Maria Dutton and Charles McMahon
Nancy and John Galloway
John and Judy Glick
Carole Haas Gravagno
Lauren Hart and Todd Carmichael
Martin and Cynthia Heckscher
Lenora and Eric Hume
Osagie and Losenge Imasogie
Rachelle and Ronald Kaiserman
Dr. Roy Lerman and Ms. Alison Avery Lerman
Elizabeth and Edwin Mahoney
Sandy and David Marshall
Kathleen Buffum McCoy
Robert E. Mortensen
Mr. and Mrs. John Moyer
Caroline B. Rogers
Mr. and Mrs. Randy S. Ronning
Lynn and Anthony C. Salvo
Mrs. Adele K. Schaeffer
Peter and Mari Shaw
Constance Smukler
Randy Swartz and Judith Sills Swartz
Barbara and Leonard A. Sylk
Thomas and Patricia Vernon
Jack and Ramona Vosbikian
The Hon. and Mrs. Thomas D. Watkins
Morris Williams, Jr.
Lisa and Paul Yakulis


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